2021 Modern Home Tour Highlights the Gaining Style in Houston

It wasn’t that long ago that one side of Liz and Tom Glanville’s River Oaks home had nothing but a trampoline and hot tub.

They knew it was time for an upgrade, a cabin they could attach to their home for an indoor-outdoor patio experience. At the same time, they knew they had to do something with their aging garage, which fulfilled a need but was still decorated with dated burgundy canvas wallpaper and draperies and dark colors from a previous owner.

More recently, the family room and the kitchen which now open onto their magnificent cabin have also been given a facelift, another phase of the Glanville renovations and representing another step towards a more modern design.

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Video footage of the Maison des Glanvilles renovations will be a part of this year’s virtual edition of the Modern Architecture + Design Society’s 2021 Houston Modern Home Tour.

The tour includes the Glanvilles River Oaks home, with works by Gary R. Chandler Architecture & Interiors, Paula Fyhr Designs and landscaping of the Outer Worlds; a Galleria-area accessory housing unit by Intexure and Boxprefab; a large Willowcreek Ranch house by BlackBox Design Studio, HDZ Builders and Eklektik Interiors; a Sugar Land home by RefuGe Design Studio and Colibri Custom Homes; and a new specification house in Huffman designed by Origin Architects.

The Glanvilles love to entertain, and their kids are older – one is a senior in college, another is a freshman in college, and the oldest is 30, lives in New York and works in the Food Network culinary team.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 22

Tickets: $ 40 per device; mads.media/2021houmod

Virtual: You will get an access link and a unique access code when you purchase a ticket.

Houses: RefuGe Design Studio; Intexure + Boxprefab; Original architects; Eklektik interiors; Architecture by Gary R. Chandler

When the coronavirus pandemic ended much of our normal lives, the Glanville’s eldest daughter, her fiance, her brother and Liz Glanville’s sister were visiting; having the cabana completed, a swimming pool and the garage renovated proved invaluable.

“We love to travel and stay at beautiful properties around the world. It was an incorporation of a lot of things we’ve seen on our travels, ”said Glanville.

The team started out by hiring Outdoor Worlds for the landscaping, and they recommended Chandler for the architecture. Chandler, in turn, recommended Fyhr, whose work is more contemporary and modern.

Their first goal was to make the most of the limited space. The garage apartment is less than 600 square feet but includes a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchenette.

The new cabin measures less than 500 square feet but has a dining room, a small sitting area and a kitchen with a counter and bar stools as well as two wall ovens, a wood-burning pizza oven, warming drawers and a hob in addition to a wine cabinet, dishwasher and two refrigerators.

Glanville, who owned Deville Fine Jewelry, which merged with Tenenbaum Jewelers, said she wanted a large kitchen in the cabin so they could use it when renovations began in the kitchen of the main house. Tom Glanville is Managing Partner at Eschelon Advisors, consultant for energy and private equity investors.

“I wanted it to be functional. I wanted the high school and middle school kids to go in wet swimsuits and not care about the fabric, which are all performance fabrics, ”she said. “We can open two sides of the room for air circulation, so we can use it when it’s 100 degrees outside and 50 degrees outside.”

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The cabin floor is 12 inch by 24 inch porcelain stoneware that looks like limestone, and it has a slip rating for outdoor use. This tile is repeated on large patio runners that run alongside the pool.

Just a few weeks ago, they hosted a bridal shower for their eldest daughter, who is getting married in July. As pandemic restrictions ease, the couple hope to have more fun.

The outdoor space includes tiled patios for lounge chairs and a large swimming pool that surrounds the side of the cabana with a slender 18-inch-wide channel with bubble fountains.

“We feel like we are on vacation every day. We look over there and we sit there and feel like we’re not in Houston. We really enjoy it, all the time, ”said Glanville. “I hope people can take inspiration from it. Even with a small space, with the right architect and designer, you can create a gem of space. “

Chandler said the Glanvilles, like many others, are working to make their traditional home, built in 1990, more modern.

So adding a cabin that would attach to the house and not be dominant for the backyard required a flat roof, common in modern architecture.

“I looked towards Mies van der Rohe and made a pavilion out of it that could completely open onto the courtyard. The backyard and the pavilion become one by the simple fact that you slide the glass panels, and it flows seamlessly, ”said Chandler. “We designed pockets in which the glass panels can slip and be absent. I covered these pockets with marble slabs, a bit like the Barcelona pavilion by Mies van der Rohe.

Fyhr used white to make the cabin feel bigger. The glass dining table – which extends up to 12 seats – is white, as are the powder-coated dining chairs. She designed casual lounge chairs for a seating area much like the Barcelona chairs, but, again, with a white powder coated exterior and recently added ottomans for additional seating.

Reimagining the garage apartment wasn’t difficult, Chandler said, as he immediately saw it as full bowel work. Everything had to disappear and windows were added to bring in natural light and offer a breathtaking view of the backyard.

Fyhr worked in a Roche Bobois sofa that Glanville had used in his jewelry store, then added a pebble table from the Phillips collection. Automated blinds slide under a ledge, so they disappear when not in use. They work with batteries that only need to be recharged once a year.

Both spaces, and now the home’s remodeled kitchen and redecorated family room, tend towards a cleaner, clutter-free style, Fyhr said.

“More and more people are drawn to the minimalist look, the Marie Kondo look, purge-and-feels good. People want cleaner lines, living on less, ”Fyhr said. “In the (Glanvilles) before the photos, the family room is filled with furniture.”

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